When your tournament bracket starts to narrow and the big championship game starts creeping closer, the ball is in your court to throw the ultimate college basketball viewing party. March moves fast, so get your to-do list together and stop by SampleHouse today for all your party-planning needs!
Here are a few tips from the party experts at SampleHouse:
Watching college basketball is practically a cardio workout. You’re jumping up to cheer, you’re waving your arms in the air, you’re yelling, you’re crying—it’s a roller coaster of emotions. Protect your furniture and carpets and skip the soups, stews and otherwise spillable, stainable foods. Instead, go for one-bite wonders that can fill up a plate and won’t ruin the rug if they’re tossed aside in an overzealous celebratory hug.
We love this recipe for Crab Bites, taken straight from the SampleHouse cookbook:
- 1 jar Old English cheese
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1.5 tsp. mayonnaise
- .5 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning salt
- 7-oz. can lump crab meat
- 6 English muffins
Mix cheese, mayonnaise, seasonings and crab meat in bowl. Stir in melted butter. Mix together and spread on muffins. Cut the muffins into eighths. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. These can be frozen before baking.
We also have a fun line of collegiate peanuts and other collegiate-themed snacks to help bring some team love to the party. Even if your favorite team gets bumped off early on, you can still keep the spirit alive by the handful.
Bring the parking lot inside and roll out the flags, hammer down the yard signs and pin those team blankets to the wall. It’s March, for crying out loud! Get in the spirit! Stop by SampleHouse for themed cocktail napkins, plates, cups, utensils and even stone coasters decked out in your team’s colors. Make a friendly bet to trade yard signage with your favorite frenemy or just march up and down your street six times in your finest karmic attempt to bring the victory home. Whatever works, right?
For the adults, the activities at a college basketball viewing party pretty much extend to “pacing the living room in small, anxious circles during commercial breaks.” But if the kids get restless, head outside for a big dose of good ol’ Vitamin D and shoot some hoops in a rousing game of Horse. For some indoor fun, wrangle up some plain T-shirts and fabric markers and have the kids create their own championship jerseys. For the nail-biters in front of the TV, pass the commercial time with some basketball trivia and throw a couple gift cards their way to soften the blow if things don’t go their way. It’s a win-win!